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Richard Pickard is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in the management of all spinal conditions.
Mr Pickard completed his training as a spinal surgeon at the world leading spinal centre in Oxford, undertaking a prestigious 1 year advanced spinal fellowship giving comprehensive training in all aspects of cutting edge spinal surgery. This was followed by a further year as a Consultant at the Oxford Spinal Unit before moving to Berkshire. He graduated from Southampton Medical School in 1993 and undertook his specialist registrar orthopaedic surgical training on the Hampshire rotation considered nationally as one of the best training schemes.
He is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon in the NHS at Heatherwwod and Wexham Park Hospitals in Berkshire.
Mr Pickard has a spinal practice that covers all elements of spinal surgery throughout the lumbar, cervical and thoracic spine. This includes back and neck pain, sciatica, microdiscectomy, spinal decompression, spinal fusion, balloon kyphoplasty / vertebroplasty, minimally invasive surgery, disc replacement, spinal fusions, deformity, degenerative conditions, epidurals, facet joint injections and nerve root blocks.
He has published extensively and presented papers at both national and international meetings. He is also regularly asked to teach on spinal training programs throughout London and the South.
Mr Pickard also provides trauma and spinal surgical support to the British Forces holding the rank of Surgeon Commander and was 1 of 2 British Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeons and the sole spinal surgeon deployed to camp Bastion Afghanistan for 3 months in the summer of 2011.
Areas of interest
Radiofrequency ablation; Disc replacement; Lumbar (lower back); Epidural injections; Hyperextension / hyperflexion of spine ('whiplash'); Disc disease; Sciatica; Degenerative spine disorders; Neck pain; Cervical spine (diseases and disorders of); Lumbar spine (diseases and disorders of); Lower back pain; Minimal access / invasive surgery; Spinal surgery; Vertebroplasty; Kyphoplasty; Neck; Nerve compression; Slipped disc; Spine intervention; Spinal disease; Spine; Back pain; Pain management
- Suzanne Johnson
- Spire Harpenden Hospital Ambrose Lane HARPENDEN AL5 4BP
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Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Spinal and Orthopaedic Surgeon Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals
Richard is married to Alison a GP and has 3 young children and 2 springer spaniels.
He enjoys spending time with his young family as well as sailing, cycling, skiing and cooking .
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Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Transforaminal epidural - (>50)
Epidural injection (caudal) - (>50)
Facet joint injection (under x-ray control) - 5 or more joints - (5-50)
Epidural injection (lumbar) - (5-50)
Facet or sacroiliac joint (RF) radiofrequency thermocoagulation, cryoprobe or phenol (including rhizolysis under image guidance) - 4 to 6 joints. - (5-50)
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